A POWYS garden centre has donated £1,000 to the Wales Air Ambulance following a successful bingo evening.

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, located in Three Cocks, near Llyswen, hosted a bingo night on Thursday, February 23, with the centre adopting the lifesaving charity as its charity of the year.

Operations director, Katie Eckley, said: “We are delighted to have raised £1,005 for our new charity of the year, the Wales Air Ambulance.

“The evening was great fun, including delicious food and bingo. Thanks to everyone who came along to contribute to a fantastic start to our fundraising efforts for 2023. Congratulations to all of our winners who claimed £210 worth of cash and voucher prizes.”

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Katie added: “We look forward to supporting the Wales Air Ambulance throughout 2023, following this year’s team vote for a preferred charity.

“They offer a vital service in our area and without support from events like ours they can’t operate.

"Tickets sold out really quickly for this event so booking is already open for our next charity bingo night in August.”

The Wales Air Ambulance delivers lifesaving medical care to people across Wales, but relies on charitable donations to raise £8 million a year to keep its helicopters and rapid response vehicles moving.


Plans to shut its base in Welshpool have been hotly debated in Powys, but have now been shelved until 2026 at the earliest. A date for a public consultation on the permanent future of the base in Welshpool has been confirmed by Welsh health minister Eluned Morgan as beginning by the end of March.

For more information about the Old Railway Line Garden Centre and their upcoming events, contact them on 01497 847055 or visit their website at www.oldrailwaylinegc.co.uk.

To learn more about Wales Air Ambulance visit https://www.walesairambulance.com/.